NBC: Dermatologist-approved skin care routines

Guy applying sheet mask to hydrate skin routine

Four dermatologists share their skin care routines and their favorite products to use morning and night.

Healthy, glowing skin typically relies on a good and balanced daily skin care routine. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced skin care enthusiast, a solid routine can take time to perfect — especially when the efficacy of certain products depends on your skin type and tolerance levels, among many other factors.

Dermatologists have a lot of insight into the type of products and active ingredients that can help craft a skin care routine, which takes into account skin type and addresses any skin concerns. “There is an assumption that my skin care routine must be both complicated and too expensive — neither is true,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Erum Ilyas.

We asked four dermatologists about their own step-by-step morning and evening skin care routines, as well as their favorite products to use daily. They also gave us tips about the best order to apply your skin care products and what specific treatments to consider (and stay away from).



Dermatologist-approved skin care routines in 2023 

We spoke to four dermatologists about their daily skin care routines and highlighted their favorite products to use in the morning and at night. We also noted their skin type and any skin concerns they keep in mind while crafting their routines.

Dr. Paul Cellura

  • About the derm: Dr. Paul Cellura is a board-certified dermatologist at Tribeca Skin Center in New York City.
  • Skin type: Dry
  • Skin concerns and treatments: No major underlying skin issues or conditions. To avoid breakouts, treat the occasional blemish and prevent wrinkles, Cellura uses prescription tretinoin at night.

Dr. Paul Cellura, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, prefers to keep his daily skin care routine as simple and evidence-based as possible. He noted that overdoing the routine with too many steps and ingredients can have negative effects on your skin. “From a time-saving perspective, it helps to keep things on the minimal side — I do three main steps in the morning, and three in the evening,” Cellura said.

Evening Routine

“In the winter months, I like to use a hydrating facial mask once a week for extra moisture,” Cellura said, adding that the Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque is his favorite one to use. The sheet mask is designed to be kept on for about five minutes and includes hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.